The Diary of Laura's Twin

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Praise & Recognition

"Sara's journal is so well-written that you forget it is historical fiction as you read. Kacer has effectively contrasted the lives of two Jewish girls, Sara in the Warsaw Ghetto and Laura in present day Montreal...Whether you read this novel for your own personal enjoyment or use it as a supplementary resource when teaching grade 6 social studies, this book is well worth reading. Highly recommended."

CM Magazine

"Kacer does provide an interesting, highly readable story of life in the Warsaw ghetto complete with historical photographs."

School Library Journal

"The author beautifully melds historical events with the contemporary issues Laura is facing...This story of history, faith, and hope belongs in every public and Judaic library and would be a welcomed addition to any Holocaust curriculum. Highly recommended."

Jewish Book World

"The diary entries are vividly written and readers will be drawn into the account just as Laura is."

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"Kacer gives young readers a gentle avenue into a traumatic, difficult past they need to know about."

Toronto Star

Canadian Jewish Book Award 2009 - Winner

National Jewish Book Award 2008 - Winner

Olive Branch Book Award 2009 - Winner

William Allen White Children’s Book Award 2009 - Long-listed

A mysterious diary links modern-day Laura to Sara, a young Jewish girl fighting to stay alive during WWII

For Laura's Bat Mitzvah, her rabbi gives her the journal of Sara Gittler, a Holocaust prisoner who never got to celebrate her coming of age. Laura researchs Sara's life and shares her Bat Mitzvah with her "twin" at the ceremony.

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Publication Date: April 30, 2008

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Genre: Children's Fiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 202

ISBN: 978-1-897187-39-5

Kathy Kacer

About the Author

Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

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